Sri Lanka vs India 2017: After Series Win, Head Coach Ravi Shastri Sets Sight on Breaking Australia’s Record
After sealing the series against Sri Lanka by winning the second Test in Colombo, head coach Ravi Shastri has set his sight on another milestone. Riding on Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s centuries, India had posted a mammoth 622/9 in the first innings which was the 29th time the team crossed the 600-mark in an innings.
The score was the second consecutive time India posted a 600-plus first innings score against the Islanders in the ongoing series. The visitors had also scored 600 in the first innings of the Galle Test, that they won by 304 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The score in Colombo was also the sixth time India scored 600-plus in a Test match in the past seven months.
And with the team being in such a supreme form, Shastri is confident Virat Kohli & Co. will break Australia’s record of most 600s in Test cricket. The team from Down Under leads the list with 32 instances of 600-plus totals while India has done it on 29 occasions.
“India can certainly surpass Australia’s record of scoring over 600 runs the most number of times. I am sure this team will surely achieve this. When I can’t say. Whether this year, next year or some other time. But I would be happy if it is done during my tenure as a coach with the team,” Shastri told Deccan Chronicle.
Since December 2016, barring India, only Australia has managed to score a 600-plus total. Steve Smith & Co. had scored 624/8 declared against Pakistan in the Boxing-Day Test at Melbourne last year. India, on the other hand, has done it on six occasions. Prior to that, India had scored a 600-plus total way back in 2011 when they posted 631 for seven declared against West Indies at the Eden Gardens.
Meanwhile, the series of scoring 600-plus totals began against England when Kohli’s double century propelled the hosts to 631 in Mumbai before Karun Nair’s triple-century helped them to score a humongous 759/7 declared in Chennai.
Kohli once again scored a double century, as India scored 687 for six declared against Bangladesh at Hyderabad in the one-off Test. The fourth one came against Australia in the third Test at Ranchi when the hosts scored 603/9 declared.
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